On May 11, the Research Alliance joined the Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC) in a forum exploring how large, local datasets can inform new approaches to reducing inequality and expanding opportunity in NYC.

Our executive director, James Kemple, along with Sherry Glied, John Billings, Ingrid Ellen, Maxwell Austensen, and facilitator  Ajay Chaudry, participated in a virtual discussion about three NYU-housed datasets. These datasets include information from the New York City Department of Education (SCHMA), New York State Medicaid (HEAL), and New York City subsidized housing (CoreData). In Dr. Kemple’s presentation, he discussed the Research Alliance’s SCHMA dataset, which can be used to investigate characteristics of individual NYC schools or groups of schools and how they have changed over time.

As a follow-up to the forum, IHDSC is now accepting applications for their 2020 Social Science for Impact research competition. Social Science for Impact aims to support graduate students and early career researchers in conducting research using one or more of the health, housing, and education datasets available at NYU to answer compelling research questions and inform viable social policies. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis between May 11, 2020 to June 15, 2020.